Power Hour Interview: Randy Couture
“Dolph and I we steal a tank in the third movie and kind of wreak havoc with this tank around the battlefield and once we get the tank we’re trying to figure out who to drive the tank and I’m like ‘Man you drive I’ve never been in a tank before.’ and Dolph says ‘Bull**** I’ve seen your mother.’ and so (Stallone) came up with that line to fit into the scene off the top of his head and there’s a million examples like that,” said Couture.
You have your show “Gym Rescue” on Spike, my question to you is, what makes a good gym?
“I think a good gym has a strong brand that you can relate to. It has the facilities and the curriculum that interest you, keep you interested and allow you to see results and make it part of your lifestyle. I think if fitness doesn’t become part of you lifestyle, then you’re probably not going to see results and ultimately stick with it.”
What advice would you give someone to stick to the gym?
“I think it boils down to relationships really and making it part of your life. Find a personal trainer or find some friends that have the same interest and motivate each other. There are always going to be times when you don’t feel like going and you don’t want to let that other person down. It creates a little accountability and that will help a lot.”
The Expendables 3 comes out tonight. What was the best part of working on the film?
“I worked with an amazing cast of guys. I mean the second film we shot in Sofia, Bulgaria so it was kind of nice to go back to a place you’re familiar with when you have to be away from home anyway. Just an amazing cast of guys from top to bottom.”
Are you coming back for Expendables 4?
“Boy I hope so. Toll Road doesn’t die in 3 so I’ve had a blast getting to play Toll Road, expand on what people know about Toll Road so its going to be fun to see how we change what we do in the fourth one.”
Sylvester Stallone is 68. How many action films do you think he has left in the tank?
“That’s funny because what are we gonna do when we’re doing Expendables 15, we’ll be Expendables than Dependables?”
What the best action film of all-time?
“Man, uh, there’s been so many amazing and a lot of the cast members have been involved in a bunch of the most amazing franchises. Its tough to narrow it down to one. I was always a huge fan of Rambo. And it got my attention right away because it was filmed in Hope, Washington and I grew up in Washington and I’ve always been a fan of that film.”
Can you tell us a little bit about Expendables 3?
“Its an interesting story of the group of mercenaries. You get to learn a little bit more about the history of the Expendables and how they were founded and formed and some of the early members of the team. Some that are still kicking and some not kicking any more. I think we get an interesting story line in that we get some new, young Expendables and the dichotomy of the newer younger tech-savvy group and some of the ways they operate versus more of the old school guys that are a little more hands on. Its kind of an interesting story line that runs through the film.”
Can you talk about what it was like working with Sylvester Stallone?
“Well I think he’s brilliant. I don’t think people give him a lot of credit. You see some of the characters and you hear him say ‘Yo Adrian!’ and you think he’s stupid. And people don’t realize that he wrote Rocky and Rambo and is responsible for those franchises and just how good he is at knowing his strengths and weaknesses in his audiences and playing to those. I think the thing that’s funny that I recognize is just how funny he is. Coming up with one-liners on the spot to fit in the scenes and one of the things that didn’t make the film was Dolph and I we steal a tank in the third movie and kind of wreak havoc with this tank around the battlefield and once we get the tank we’re trying to figure out who to drive the tank and I’m like ‘Man you drive I’ve never been in a tank before.’ and Dolph says ‘Bull**** I’ve seen your mother.’ and so (Stallone) came up with that line to fit into the scene off the top of his head and there’s a million examples like that.”
You’ve had quite the MMA career and you’ve also done some broadcasting work. What do you like the most about working on the other side of the ring?
“I think what’s interesting to me is to kind of get a fighter’s perspective in those instances that I can. I think having been involved in it from the ground up for so long I’ve seen things and I recognize things in fighters that are competing now that the average person maybe doesn’t catch or doesn’t understand. And that’s fun for me to get to talk about and to be involved with.”
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